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WHAT CAUSES OUR ALLERGY SYMPTOMS?

Allergens are allergy-causing particles that travel through the air. Below are the most common types of allergens. 

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ANIMAL ALLERGENS

Minute airborne particles produced by pets like dogs or cats are called “pet dander.”

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INDOOR ALLERGENS

These include mold and particles from dust mites. These allergens are with us all year long.  

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TREE POLLEN

Occurs at certain times of the year and is especially prevalent in the fall. 

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OUTDOOR ALLERGENS

These are the seasonal allergies that include pollen from grass and weeds.  

 

Allergens enter our bodies through our nose. 

 

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They trigger a response from our immune system. 

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Inflammatory substances are released, causing your allergic symptoms. 

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FLONASE® acts on multiple inflammatory substances including histamine, prostaglandins, cytokines, tryptases, chemokines, and leukotrienes.

Most common OTC allergy pills act on histamine alone.*

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*Mechanism vs. most OTC allergy pills. Flonase® acts on multiple inflammatory substances (histamine, prostaglandins, cytokines, tryptases, chemokines, and leukotrienes). The exact number and precise mechanism are unknown.

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  • 57% SLEEP DISTURBANCES
  • 60% FEELING MISERABLE
  • 67% IRRITABILITY
  • 85% TIREDNESS

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ALLERGIES IMPACT YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE

Nasal allergy symptoms can negatively affect our lives and many aspects of our personal and professional activities.

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Limit social activities3

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Are unable to enjoy pets3

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Limit outdoor activities3

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Medical costs and doctor's visits4

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Workdays lost4

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Loss in work productivity3

3. Brooks M. Allergic rhinitis a significant burden. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/739928. Published March 30, 2011. Accessed March 17, 2014.

4. World Health Organization (WHO) White book on allergy. Milwaukee, WI:World Allergy Organization 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

1. Medline Plus. Dust mite allergy. http://www.aafa.org/dust-mite-allergy/. Accessed October 16, 2018.

2. CDC.gov. Facts about Stachybotrys chartarum and Other Molds. http://www.cdc.gov/mold/stachy.htm. Page updated September 18, 2012. Page accessed October 16, 2018.

3. The Lowdown on Snow Mold. Donna M. Boyle. McCauley News. Volume 32, Number 3. April 2011. https://bmcnews.org/story/the-lowdown- on-snow-mold. Accessed October 16, 2018.

4. ACAAI. Types of allergies: Pollen allergy.https://acaai.org/allergies/seasonal-allergies. Accessed October 16, 2018.

5. ASPCA. Are You Allergic To Your Pet? https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/are-you-allergic-your-pet. Retrieved October 16, 2018.

6. 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographic Sourcebook, American Veterinary Medical Association. https://www.avma.org/resources/reports-statistics/market-research-statistics-us-pet-ownership-2012. Accessed October 16, 2018.